5 top tips to get you out of debt
Money makes the world go round. For people in debt, this line hits home more than ever. More and more individuals have gotten into debt; some have even survived relying on a lifestyle of endless borrowing and paying. We all need to borrow money at some point, but borrowing too much money is like a tsunami in the making. My friend remarked once that its good to have no money at all, because it forces your brain to work and become creative. You end up remembering every person, no matter how long ago, who owes you money. It motivates off your couch and forces you to start looking for a job. Finally, it makes you a good relative and friend because it suddenly motivates you to pay them a visit.
For those in need of some help with debts, whether it’s from mortgaged loans, unsecured loans, or credit card debt, here are 5 tips to get you on your way.
1. Admit that you have a problem
Before you can start to get out of debt, you need to acknowledge it first. Don’t live in denial. No person has ever gotten out of debt by denying the issue. So face up to it, you owe people money. But be positive that you will do it and commit yourself.
Don’t ignore your creditors. If you are struggling, communicate with them and let them know. Don’t ignore letters and phone calls, speak to them politely and don’t be nasty. Simply explain your situation as you would to anyone else. If you arrange to make a payment by a certain date or return a phone call, stick to it. You are more likely to get cooperation from them if you are in turn cooperative.
Budgeting is vital if you want to get out of debt. Make a list of all your income and outgoings and look for areas where you could save. Don’t be unrealistic, ask yourself, ‘do I need to take the car through the car wash when I could do it myself’? You may only save a fiver doing this but it all adds up! Use the ‘Budget Planner’ on our free information site, www.ukdebtadvisor.co.uk to help you. Once you have made your budget, calculate your savings and use this to pay off your debts and make sure you stick to it!
4. Change your credit card
Moving your debt from a 27% APR credit card to one with an interest-free period can save you a substantial amount. However, you will most probably have to pay a transfer fee, typically 3% of the balance.
5. Consolidation is the last resort
Try and resist the temptation to take out a new loan to consolidate existing debts. Remember you can never borrow your way out of a debt and you will more than likely end up in more financial trouble. See our ‘borrowing to get out of debt page’ for more help and information.